- Cullman, Alabama

January 1, 2013

'Downton Abbey': What to Eat While You're Watching

By Becky Krystal
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Looking to throw a "Downton Abbey" viewing party? In addition to the accompanying recipes, here are some dishes from our database to fill out your spread:


— French 75. A sparkling wine cocktail created during World War I, when Season 2 takes place.


— Deviled Eggs. A staple on Edwardian appetizer platters, according to blogger Pamela Foster.

— Broiled Oysters With Peach and Paprika. The bivalves were another Edwardian favorite.

Main courses

— Basic Roast Chicken. Mrs. Patmore, the cook, saw hers fall on the floor.

— Beef and Guinness Stew. Fitting for the downstairs staff.

— Hearty Beef Pot Roast With Red Wine and Thyme. Stereotype or not, it's still a classic.

— Shepherd's Pie. Something else that might be enjoyed in the servants' hall.

— Shiitake Beef Wellingtons. Every guest gets his or her own phyllo-enclosed packet.


— Irish Whiskey Cake. Show solidarity with Branson the chauffeur's advocacy for Irish independence.

— Victoria Sandwich Cake. A very British dessert named after the famed queen.

— White House Sticky Toffee Pudding. This take on the British treat comes from White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses.